Category Archives: EdGamer

Get ready for Gaming in Education! This podcast, hosted by gaming Ed guru, Zack Gilbert, and featuring Gerry James, highlights the trends, the tribulations, and the best in educational gaming. EdGamer envelopes Apple Apps, Android apps, PC/ Mac games, gaming news, as well as comments on the best practices and best uses of gaming in the classroom.

EdGamer Episode 6: Sending Our Kids to the Mines

You wanted more…you got it! Last week we on EdGamer we discussed a teacher from NYC who was using the game Minecraft in his elementary school classes. In this episode of EdGamer we are happy to introduce our first guest…the “Minecraft Teachr” himself…Joel Levin from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in NYC. Listen in as Joel joins us and talks about his experiences with Minecraft, the benefits of gaming in education, and how to go about using Minecraft in YOUR classroom.… Read the rest

How to Eliminate Test Anxiety: Eliminate the Test

 

We’re all interested in what happened in Connecticut this past week: little girl goes missing for a few days, causes a state-wide search, national Amber-alert, Twitter frenzy, social media fracas, then luckily, the kid ends up being found. The caveat is the reason she gave for going into incognito mode: she was stressed over the state standardized tests.

Almost immediately, the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog jumped on it, and, once again, the issue of test anxiety and the merits of standardized testing are put into light.… Read the rest

EdGamer Episode 5: Gerry and Zack should be knighted.

On Episode #5 of EdGamer we discuss three websites that caught our attention this week. We take a look at the new release of Sims Medieval from EA games and debate the possible educational uses for the program. Then we take some time to discuss a teacher from New York who is currently using the game Minecraft to help educate his elementary students.… Read the rest

EdGamer Episode 4: Do You Know What Your Kids Are Playing?

On Episode #4 of EdGamer we discuss the games our students are playing outside of our classrooms. Few teachers, or parents for that matter, have a solid idea of the types of games their children are playing. We take some time to look at the different types of games students are playing as well as discuss some informal research we did with our students about their gaming habits.… Read the rest

An Open Letter to STEAM: If You Build It, ED Will Come

To Whom it May Concern:

I am looking for an easy gaming platform to use in my classroom.  I would like it handle single, coop, and multiplayer versions of educational games.  I would like it to connect my classroom and other classrooms so interactions can take place between students.  As a Steam user, my thoughts came quickly to your platform and how easy it is to connect to other players. Read the rest